An event featuring short, 15-minute talks from inspired UNW thinkers and scholars with a dessert reception to follow.
Topics & Presenters
Social Justice: An Essential Component of the Gospel
Kenneth N. Young, D.Min., Ph.D.
J. Edwin Hartill Endowed Professor (2018-20)
Since the reformation, the gospel has been understood as only a single-dimensional promise from God to redeem the believer from sin through faith. However, the gospel message is two-dimensional because it also includes the promise to establish justice on earth. Justice requires that all human interactions conform to God’s will and character. Thus, justice is established through spiritual maturity, not superficial piety or political power.
Sexuality in 2020: How Did We Get Here?
Peter B. Kapsner, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Christian Ministries
Current expressions of human sexuality did not emerge from a vacuum but are simply behaviors built on a foundation of ever-changing sexual norms over the past 60 years. Dr. Kapsner will explore significant cultural changes since the 1960s along with the Church’s response. His talk will conclude with a suggested roadmap for the future that aligns with God’s kingdom and builds on His beautiful and holy purpose of human sexuality.
They're Not ALL Leaving the Church: Understanding, Reaching, and Teaching the Next Generation
Megan G. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Christian Ministries
In recent years, numerous studies have focused on emerging adults and their decisions to stay or leave the church. Both researchers and practitioners have shown interest in this topic. Dr. Brown’s research explores the experiences of emerging adults, factors that contribute to their decisions to remain involved in the life of the church, and strategies to best understand, reach, and teach the next generation.